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Romans had no problems showing love

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Pompeian fresco showing two men having sex with a woman
Pompeian fresco showing two men having sex with a woman

The ancient Romans had no problems presenting the love aspects of social life in public. To this day, there are many mosaics depicting acts of love.

One of the most valuable Roman works devoted to copulation (concubitus varii) is “The Art of Love” by Ovid. At the end of the third part of the book, the author presents all sorts of positions for partners, taking into account the circumstances and body structure of the lovers. Naturally, already in ancient times, the following items were known: “riding” (mulier equitans), “anal love” (pedicare) or “oral love” (os impurum).

Christianity has made sex a permanent taboo for many centuries.

  • Koper Sławomir, Życie prywatne i erotyczne w starożytnej Grecji i Rzymie, Warszawa 1998, s.233.

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